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World's best player strives to play perfect match

The only thing Roger Federer has no control over at Wimbledon is the weather. The four-time defending champ was well on his way to his 50th straight grass-court victory when rain suspended his second-round match.

Updated: June 28, 2007, 8:35 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- A decade ago, Roger Federer was not yet the greatest tennis player who ever lived. He was a moody, self-absorbed 15-year-old who didn't like to train and was unmercifully hard on himself.

In a new biography, "The Roger Federer Story: Quest for Perfection," author Rene Stauffer describes his first meeting with the temperamental Swiss star-to-be at an obscure junior tournament in Zurich:

"He was a hot-head. On this September afternoon, his temper exploded ...

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